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They say you never forget how to ride a bike -- but here are some cycling tips you may not have learned the first time around.
You Will Need
- A bicycle
- A large paved space that’s free of obstacles
- A regulation bike helmet
- Full-fingered gloves
- A strong friend or family member to hold the bike while you start pedaling
Put on your helmet and gloves
Strap your helmet on and put on your gloves.
Sit on the bike
Sit on the bike with your feet on the ground and grab the handlebars.
Practice braking. If you have hand brakes, squeeze them so you know what it feels like to stop the bike. If it’s a coaster brake, practice pedaling backward until the brake stops you from pedaling anymore.
Have friend hold bike & put feet on pedals
Have your friend steady the bike, then put your feet on the pedals.
Pedal the bike
Start pedaling, not too quickly that you lose control, but fast enough to maintain momentum. Have your friend run along with you, keeping the bike steady.
Have your friend let go
When you reach a speed that will keep you upright, your friend can let go.
Keep pedaling, even if you turn
You might wobble or turn without meaning to. Just keep pedaling! As long as you’re moving forward, you should stay upright.
Brake and start up on your own
You’re riding a bike! Ride around, getting used to the feeling. When you feel comfortable, brake, then practice starting up on your own.